June 8th, 2021

The County of Renfrew Turns 160

Pembroke:  June 8th marks the 160th Birthday of the County of Renfrew.

In 1861, the separation of Renfrew from Lanark began with the creation of a Provisional Municipal Council.  The County of Renfrew held its first council meeting in June of 1861 and consisted of 37 geographic Townships by 1878.  A stark contrast from the 17 local municipalities established in 2001 that now make up the governing body of today.

“Renfrew County is blessed as a county, with such natural beauty and filled with diverse people who are rich in culture, stories, traditions and a sense of community.  We are thankful for the continued good friendship and partnerships we share with the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation, “shared Warden Debbie Robinson.   “As we look back on our history as a municipality, we must also look forward to the next 160 years as an opportunity to build upon the efforts we have made, and to continue to make this great and diverse county a place everyone is proud to call home.”

Renfrew County is located in the heart of the Ottawa Valley.  It is comprised of seventeen beautiful municipalities. The area is rural in nature and is made up of distinct physiographic regions, covering 7,645.68 sq. km.

Renfrew County is very diverse, offering vast opportunities for research, business growth and investment.  The area offers a range of living styles including historic towns, scenic rural areas and waterfront locations, with amenities and services.  Outdoor adventures including World-class white-water experiences, historical locations, access to the Ottawa River a World Heritage River, and several other rivers across our vast county make this area highly attractive for those seeking adventure or recreation.

For Media Inquiries please call:


Paul Moreau            Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk, County of Renfrew      613 735-7288


Michael Barber       Media Relations/Grants Coordinator, County of Renfrew 613-735-7288

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